Dakine, Agree with Smackdaddy. Sounds like you're going in the right direction. If you haven't looked already, take a look at two of the sticky threads in the 'Buyers and Sellers' forum: 1) Boat buying trip tips and 2) Local boat-buying assistance. These might help you find the right boat and make a good assessment of a boat before you hire a surveyor. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.